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Situational Awareness - Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Good Wednesday morning. The Jazz are out, but it's no reason to be depressed. Sports is all goofed up anyway.


22 days to the 1st Congressional District debate (9/24/2020)
26 days to the Utah gubernatorial debate (9/28/2020)
35 days to the Vice Presidential debate at the University of Utah (10/07/2020)
40 days to the 4th Congressional District debate (10/12/2020)
43 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate (10/15/2020)
47 days to the 2nd Congressional District debate (10/19/2020)
49 days to the Utah Attorney General debate (10/21/2020)
62 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
140 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
145 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/BenMcAdamsMug.jpeg.jpgBen McAdams wins big U.S. Chamber endorsement
By Golden Webb
Though it isn't official yet, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce appears set to endorse a list of 23 freshman House Democrats that includes Utah Rep. Ben McAdams.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Will Salt Lake Tribune go all digital?
By LaVarr Webb
Media Watch. What may be Utah's oldest business partnership - between two competitors, no less - is expected to finally expire at the close of this year. And the state's media landscape will never be the same.
Opinion Panel: Conventions didn't change many minds
By LaVarr Webb
(Note: UtahPolicy.com asked a handful of political insiders to provide their impressions of the national political conventions)Rep. Robert Spendlove: I've always loved to watch the national conventions (of both parties).  It was unfortunate to not have the cheering and celebrating that are typical of conventions but it's understandable under the current circumstances.  When looking at hits and misses, the hits were many of the videos, showing people around the country in a variety of different settings.  The misses were the obvious one-liners meant to get laughter and applause but with no one in the room they fell flat.

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images/mugs-300/Aaron-Starks.jpgAaron Starks Announced as World Trade Center Utah's Vice President of Growth Services
WTC Utah leads Utah's international business development and elevates Utah's global status to promote prosperity and build economic resilience. As the VP of Growth Services, Aaron Starks will work to accelerate the growth of Utah companies by refining, marketing and delivering WTC Utah's trade and investment services. Starks will collaborate with WTC Utah's public and private partners to develop integrated consulting services and execute new strategies, delivering the organization's technical services and grant programs to Utah businesses.
Sticky & Strong: Winning campaign strategies with William Nixon
The Salt Lake Chamber is sponsoring a marketing seminar featuring long-time political and communications professional William Nixon on Sept. 18, 8-10 a.m. "Whether you're selling politicians or potatoes, every successful campaign needs the same proven marketing principles to win. In this Professional Development Series seminar, attendees will not only examine each of those principles in detail but offer real-world application in a workshop setting."
Hinckley Institute encourages student engagement in politics
Campus Voting Events. Student ambassadors of the Andrew Goodman Foundation will be conducting two virtual events to assist students with voter registration and answer any voting related questions.


Leadership Tips

"Be willing to look at the truth, no matter how uncomfortable. That includes truths about yourself, your product, your people. If your product stinks and your people aren't performing, pretending that just ain't so won't change anything. At the same time, don't beat yourself up. Just look at it, address it, and move on."

Katherine Hosie, Powerhouse Coaching Inc.
Published in Inc.com


(From History.com)

31 B. C. - At the Battle of Actium, off the western coast of Greece, Roman leader Octavian wins a decisive victory against the forces of Roman Mark Antony and Cleopatra, queen of Egypt. Before their forces suffered final defeat, Antony and Cleopatra broke though the enemy lines and fled.

1885 -150 white miners in Rock Springs, Wyoming, brutally attack their Chinese coworkers, killing 28, wounding 15 others, and driving several hundred more out of town.

1945 - Japan surrenders, bringing an end to WWII. The surrender came after the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan and Russian forces overwhelmed Japanese positions in Manchuria.

1945 - Hours after Japan's surrender in WWII, Vietnamese communist Ho Chi Minh declares the independence of Vietnam from France.

Wise Words


Pledge of Allegiance: "If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." Ronald Reagan

Lighter Side


"2020 was what everyone thought Y2K was going to be". Utah Satire

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